Pair of counter-balance candlesticks
Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by W.A.S. Benson (1854-1924)
Copper and brass
30 cm (long)
English (London), circa 1900
‘W.A.S. BENSON’ (on drip pans, see right)
These counter-balance candlesticks are described in Benson’s Price List of Fittings for Oil, Gas, Candle, Table Ware, &c., 1899–1900 as ‘[f]or Piano or Mantlepiece’.
Benson designed ‘Counter-balance’ candlesticks in three models, finished either entirely silvered, or in a mixture, as here, of brass and copper. Variants are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the British Museum, London.